4 candidates are vying for 3, 4-year phrases on the Pingree Grove board of trustees. Candidate Patricia Dulkoski didn’t full a questionnaire.
Village: Pingree Grove
Occupation: Advertising and marketing coordinator
Civic involvement: Present Village Trustee (2017-Current); Village Occasions Committee (2012-2017)
Q. How do you view your position in confronting the pandemic: present management even when unpopular, give a voice to constituents — even ones with whom you disagree, or defer to state and federal authorities?
A. For the previous yr now we have been working to create an atmosphere the place our constituents can really feel secure to dwell their day by day lives. I imagine that it’s our job to make sure that all village providers proceed in the identical capability that that they had been operating earlier than the pandemic started. As for native institutions and their companies that lies with the well being division. It’s not my job as a village trustee to inform my constituents dwell their lives.
Q. Did your city proceed to adequately serve its constituents through the disruptions attributable to the pandemic? If that’s the case, please cite an instance of the way it efficiently adjusted to offering providers. If not, please cite a particular instance of what might have been completed higher.
A. All village providers continued with some exceptions. We adopted the governor’s orders so if residents couldn’t come into our constructing to make funds on utility payments or tickets we nonetheless had our drop off field so payments could possibly be submitted that manner, or residents might log on to make funds. A problem with the net fee was the price for a bank card fee this has been remedied now to incorporate a test fee that permits a decrease price. If a resident wanted to talk with a employees member, employees members and village officers had been out there by way of phone, zoom or by e-mail. As for Public Works the employees was modified to a break up schedule to make sure that if a employees member grew to become sick we’d have much less probability for the virus to unfold. This was difficult however our solely true possibility with the dimensions of the division. The Police Division did the perfect they might regardless of a number of employees turning into sick. Using half time officers has by no means been so necessary.
Q. In mild of our experiences with COVID-19, what safeguards/tips must you put in place to handle any future public well being crises?
A. I actually really feel like now we have completed all that we are able to to safeguard our employees in addition to our residents. I wish to work with the Kane County Division of Public Well being to get a vaccine location at our Village Corridor if doable.
Q. What cuts can native authorities make to scale back the burden of the pandemic on taxpayers?
A. I feel one factor we might do could be to re have a look at the water payments and see if there are any further cuts we might make right here to decrease the invoice even when solely non permanent. That is one thing we hear again and again from the residents. Our normal funds is already so lean I don’t imagine that there are any further cuts we might make with out severely impacting the providers our residents obtain.
Q. What do you see as crucial infrastructure undertaking you will need to handle? Why and the way ought to it’s paid for? Conversely, throughout these unsure financial occasions, what infrastructure undertaking may be placed on the again burner?
A. The Water Remedy Plant growth is by far crucial undertaking we should handle. The shortage of redundancy within the present system creates a real probability of disaster for residents. Additional no further giant constructing may be completed with out this undertaking. The plan to pay for that is by way of low curiosity EPA loans which shall be repaid by way of our present water billing, in addition to influence charges on any new development. We even have been working with the state authorities officers to take a look at grant choices.
Q. Do you intend to handle companies that do not adhere to the governor’s order to shut or limit enterprise?
A. I do not know that that is the place of the native authorities, our job is to make sure residents obtain the providers they depend on to go about their day by day lives. Given the dimensions obstacles of our present employees I don’t imagine we may be the authority to supervise each native enterprise. That is meant to be managed by our native well being division because the affected companies could be eating places and bars.
Q. Do you agree or disagree with the stance your board/council has taken on allowing leisure marijuana gross sales locally? What would you alter about that stance, in the event you might?
A. I imagine that the gross sales of leisure marijuana has had a constructive final result for our state for a number of causes 1) the income created by the gross sales has been constructive, 2) the sale and use of marijuana in our space is one much less factor the police want to fret about and three) now we have not seen a big enhance in DUI or DWI arrests nor have there been any true points involving the leisure use of marijuana inside our neighborhood.
Q. What’s one good thought you must higher the neighborhood that nobody is speaking about but?
A. I’ve been researching how to herald native companies and provides them a spot to promote their items in a much less everlasting manner just like what I’ve seen within the Bronzeville/Boxville space. There’s a related arrange in Batavia with small outlets concerning the measurement of a shed that permit small companies to promote items at a a lot decrease lease than your standard storefront and may be simply interchangeable. Primarily based on the present financial system in addition to the emergence of Amazon this can be a good way to get new outlets or fast meals choices in our village.